Battles in the East

“Lee to the Rear!” – Longstreet’s Rescue in the Wilderness, May 6th 1864

Finally, after marching through the early morning hours, James Longstreet’s First Corps finally appeared out along the Plank Road to face Union General Winfield Scott Hancock’s II Corps. In the lead was John Gregg and his brigade of Texans and Arkansans and were some of the first to witness this near rout of their fellow… Continue reading “Lee to the Rear!” – Longstreet’s Rescue in the Wilderness, May 6th 1864

Portraits of Privates

A Chancellorsville Letter

Below is a transcribed letter from a soldier in the 140th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H. After mustering August, the author of this letter, Hugh Quinn Adams, he and the rest of his company traveled through Maryland and into Virginia, settling north of the Rappahannock after the battle of Fredericksburg. Their first major engagement came the… Continue reading A Chancellorsville Letter

Battles in the East

Savage in its Character – Wilderness, early May 6th 1864

May 5th, 1864 had ended in a bloody and twisted mess in the area called The Wilderness in central Virginia. In the battle that initiated the Overland Campaign, we’ve got the two most famous generals of the Civil War going up against one another for the first time. On the Federal side, we’ve got Ulysses… Continue reading Savage in its Character – Wilderness, early May 6th 1864

Battles in the East

“Death Held High Carnival” – Widow Tapp Field, May 5th 1864

Just as Richard Ewell had thrown off Gouverneur Warren’s advance south to Todd’s Tavern on the morning of May 5th, so did A.P. Hill surprise Brigadier General Samuel Crawford down along the Orange Plank Road. The Confederate general met with some thin resistance of New York cavalry and effectively cut off the Federal cavalry unit… Continue reading “Death Held High Carnival” – Widow Tapp Field, May 5th 1864

Civil War Trivia, Portraits of Privates

Company, Brigade, and Corps, Oh My!

As I’m digging deeper into studying about battles of the Civil War, the more I tend to get a little cross-eyed when books go into incredible detail about the army movements. Keeping the organizational terms of an army straight in my head was a pain before I found some useful tools. I’ve also seen these… Continue reading Company, Brigade, and Corps, Oh My!

Battles in the East

“A Battle of Invisibles” – Saunders Field – May 5th, 1864

On the morning of May 5th 1864, as the rear guard of Gouverneur Warren’s V Corps led by Charles Griffin’s division were ready to move further south to follow the rest of the army, Confederates were seen funneling down the Orange Turnpike and slipping to either side to form their battle lines. When word reached… Continue reading “A Battle of Invisibles” – Saunders Field – May 5th, 1864

Battles in the East

Into the Wilderness (May 1864)…

By the spring of 1864, the Civil War had a new face and a new attitude in a number of ways. In Virginia, the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia have stalemated on either side of the Rapidan River. Confederate General Robert E. Lee was not fairing well, despite some small… Continue reading Into the Wilderness (May 1864)…